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in waco texas. tonight we look at what happened, what went wrong and visit the investigations that followed. that's all straight ahead tonight on a second look. good evening and welcome to second look. i'm julie haener. april19, marks a grim anniversary in the history of the united states. 20 years since the fiery end of the siege of the branch devidian compound in waco texas. many people would die, many of them children. we learn how the branch devidians came to be and how they ended up the target of the the federal agents. >> reporter: waco was not the apocalypse. but for david koresh and 80 of his followers it might as well have been. they certainly believed in the world great ending battle between good and evil and they almost certainly believed this was it. and it is perhaps as good an explanation as any of how a splinter group of seventh day adventist came to be the longest stand off. but how did it come to this. the armoured assault and fiery end on april 19, 1993? it actually began in 1935, 24 years before david koresh was even born. victor hoteff founded the devidian
, the name of the plant outside of waco. one witness reportedly describing a giant fireball shooting into the sky when this happened. another claiming to have heard the blast from as far as 45 miles from the scene. local officials telling fox news they're dealing with major injuries. we've heard reports that up to 60 people have been to one hospital alone. structures and vehicles are also destroyed. we're told all available first responders are at the scene or heading to the scene as well as six helicopters. we're hearing from local media and n.waco reporting there may be people, excuse me, trapped nearby nursing homes or apartment buildings and that includes children but please keep in mind fox news has not independently confirm that had information. evacuations are underway in numerous buildings nearby. we're hearing reports of power outages in the communities and know a number of triage centers have been set up close by to treat those affected by the potentially toxic smoke. we've heard from governor rick perry on this incident. he release aid statement saying we're monitoring dev
of west, texas. that's about 20 miles north of waco. and registered a magnitude 2.1 on the richter scale. the local ems director was visibly injured in the blast. and he describes the explosion. >> just a major, major explosion. the windows came in on me. the roof came in on me. the ceiling came in. i worked my way out to go get some more help. we lost all communication because the power went out. the station is damaged. the whole 1500 block of stillmeadow, the closest street to it. >> weather could play a role in this story. it could interfere with search and rescue efforts and the distribution of potentially toxic fumes. for more, we're joined by nbc meteorologist bill karins. >> at the press conference, they were talking about the fact that the winds are going to shift directions. that's a big concern because the first responders on the ground, they don't want to be downwind of this plant and any toxic gases being emitted. right now, the winds are out of the south, 20 to 30 miles per hour consistently. that didn't help the firefighters to put out the home fire. the cold front will com
"waco tribune" is reporting a number of firefighters are missing. that powerful blast measured a 2.1 earthquake. it blew out windows and destroyed a large part of that community. a five-mile radius around that plant has been damaged or destroyed. residents of that area have been evacuated. initially, officials set up a triage area on a field. since that time, all of the injured have been evacuated to nearby hospitals. we have heard from one hospital in waco, who says that their first patients started coming in at 9:00 p.m. local time. one in critical condition. most of the other injuries ranged from minor abrasions to broken bones. they did see some in respiratory distress. officials are asking those in the area to stay indoors because of the risk of potential toxic fumes related to that explosion. initially, there was a three-mile radium set up of a no-fly zone in the event of a potential second explosion. in addition to making sure that the injured are tended to, officials were going door-to-door to ensure that if there was anyone who was trapped or needed assistance, they were p
with breaking news out of has rocked a small town near waco these are live pictures from above the town of west, texas. grant lodes is here with the latest. we start tonight with breaking news out of has rocked a small town near waco. grant lodes is here with the latest. a massive explosion at a fertilizer plant in the city of west texas.just niorth of waco.has injured several people. these are live pictures above the area. we're learning dozens of people are ceo told to expect more than 100 people needing medical attention. the football field at a local high school is at anow at eight: a triage.. >> dispatcher: there are firefighters down. >> we have many people down. please respond. >> dispatcher: i will send everybody. it that we have, there are firefighters and there has been in the explosion at the fertilizer plant >> reporter: you can hear the seriousness. the fire is west, in relation to waco, dallas. to show you, where this was that exploded. you can see that nothing really of consequence to the east but look at the west. this is the middle school that burned. this high
to continue to rise. >> these are all hospitals 20 miles away in waco, and there will be more numbers. we, again, have fatalities confirmed, but we don't have that number, and that's something that everybody in that town is waiting for. these are people who have fathers and brothers and sisters who are volunteer firefighters. >> right. people who were very close to this describing this blast as what felt like being in a tornado or an atomic bomb, you know, and now there is concern about the people who have been evacuated, the other side of town now, the winds shifting direction possibly also affecting them because of the chemicals at this still burning plant. the fire under control but by no means out, and this is a small, small town. 2800 people, not a whole lot of resources, so there are a lot of resources being sent to them including state health department, mobile medical units, so hopefully by the time the sun comes out, they will have all the resources that they need. >>> all right. coming up, more from texas. we're going to talk to abc's dr. richard besser about the danger in the a
between hillsborough and about 20 miles north of waco. the town is mostly off to the east of the interstate. certainly people driving the interstate today saw that mushroom cloud billow up the northern part of this town. we heard some people say their windshields were cracked because of it. >> in terms of this community and their ability to deal with a tragedy of this magnitude, we heard d.l. wilson with the texas public safety department saying they don't need anymore first responders arriving on scene but is the area equipped to deal with the number of injuries and those who need help or would they have to be sent out to surrounding areas such as waco, for example? >> they would definitely have to be sent out. there is a small hospital here but, as you can imagine, it would be overwhelmed by the number of casualties coming in. so helicopter, emergency life flight helicopters from the dallas/fort worth area were here, as well as waco. many of the critically injured were taken to waco. the hospital director there said on television a little bit earlier tonight that what he
of any shopping unless you go all the way to waco or on the other side you can go up to hillsboro. so it is the community gathering place. all of our kids play baseball there. it is where everybody goes. everybody knows everybody. >> i would assume you anticipate a lot of folks banning together in this very difficult time. are you hearing anything from authorities about perhaps when you can get back into your home? what are you hearing? any direction from law enforcement at this point? jay i have not heard anything. -- >> i have not heard anything. it appears the fires are under control, i hope. we can smell the chemicals in the air all the way up here because i am just a little bit northwest of there now. >> what does it smell like? >> i really can't even describe the smell other than your throat and eyes are burning. it is a smell i can't even describe. it is not that bad up here. like i said, i am about 15 miles away right now. the house and the ranch down there -- everybody -- it is rural in the area i am from which is just north of west and you go -- your neighbors are two miles
under control. the surrounding town of waco helping out. we've been getting updates throughout the morning. search and rescue, as we said, very active there. >> expecting a live update from the scene in west, texas, at any moment. >>> meanwhile, here in boston, this investigation here does continue and what's being called by authorities as a possible breakthrough in the bombing case. investigators right now looking into two people who they say may be connected. this all happening as the president prepares to attend an interfaith prayer service here this morning. >> all this news going on on this morning, thursday, april 18th, this special edition of "starting point" begins right now. okay to this special edition of "starting point" live here in boston. >> we want to welcome our viewers watching us both in the united states and all around the world. >> a big day of news this morning. we begin, of course, with the breaking news from texas this morning. search and rescue teams working through the night in west, texas, which is near waco, following a massive explosion at a fertiliz
speaking about a short time ago from the waco police department. that's the largest city to the south of here. the latest update as far as what they're doing. what they're doing is still going, we're told, door-to-door, in the area impacted by this, what is perhaps a five-block area around this fertilizer plant, trying to make sure they haven't missed anyone. anyone who may have survived the situation, perhaps someone who may not have survived the situation. they want to know exactly who may be out there. this is the area. we're across the highway. about a mile or so from where the situation happened. what happened recently. you see the stacks of water and toiletries. there's people from the community showing up at this early hour or late hour for those who have not gone to bed. they're bringing the supplies for first responders, for all of these untold numbers of people who likely do not have a home to return to in the morning. we're told specifically when it comes to morning, that sun rise here is the next key indicator when they will have a better idea of just what has happened her
to the scene and taken to hospitals in the waco area. we had numerous agencies helping us, all the way from the dallas-ft. worth area, we've had a great turnout to come out and help us deal with this tragedy we've had in this community. i wish i could give you more information. all the injured right now have been taken care of. we're going to go back in and do another house-by-house search and see if any other victims are in the houses. that's going to be going on all night. we have a command post set up for law enforcement and the energy units also. we still have a triage center set up at the community center across the interstate from us. >> what's the status of the plant right now? >> it's still smoldering. right now, they did not give us an update, but there still is active, you know, other ingredients, but right now we cannot get firefighters in there. we're worried about people right now, not property. we want people to be safe. >> do you have a rough number on how many lives have been lost? >> i do not know right now. it's going to be a number. i can't give you a number right now, bu
town west, texas. that's 28 kilometers north of waco. west, texas is home to about 2600 people! rose mary, responders have set up a field triage station on a football field near the plant. a local hospital ceo has told us that six helicopters flew out some of the injured while others were being taken by ambulance, car, emergency officials have sent hazardous material teams to the scene to try to deal with the an hydrous ammonia which is a fertilizer and also considered toxic. >> now, we do want to give you a number if you need more information about the victims of this fertilizer plant explosion in texas. the hillcrest hospital has set up an information number to call. 254-202-1100. that's 254-202-1100. >> texas policeman spoke to the media after returning to the scene. he confirmed there were fatalities, but he says the situation remains fluid. wilson went onto say that the plant remains smoldering and that firefighters have not been able to get inside. >> we do have confirmed fatalities. the number is not current yet. tkt go up by the minute. we're in there searching the area right
, texas, 18 miles north of waco, about 28 kilometers. and west, texas is home to about 2,800 people. so talking about a small town here. >> okay. let's go to d.l. wilson, we heard from him earlier in the broadcast. he's now on the line. mr. wilson, thank you for being with us. can you bring us the latest from the scene? what is the most pressing concern? >> we're still in the area looking for any survivors or anyone injured in the area. that's the main concern getting the people that need help help. right now i don't know of any other people that we have in our trauma centers set up. so the main thing is putting the fires out if we can get close to those and make sure everybody is safe in the community. >> why didn't you get close to the fire right now? what is the main concern? >> there's other chemicals and fertilizer still in the facility there, and we do not want to injure or harm any firefighters, ems people that need to go to that area to extinguish that. there's experts on the scene that are working diligently to see if they can work through that. we're going to have a cold front
speaking west. we are talking about the town is called west, texas. it is about 20 miles north of waco and 80 miles south of dallas. the firefighters had said this happened in the downtown area. the winds are blowing to the south. all of the people south have been evacuated. the wind was carrying the chemical fumes. the concern has been in the next few hours around 7:00, 8:00 in the morning that these winds are going to shift to the north. if that happens obviously the people up wind, north of the low cation could be this dangerous -- north of the location could be in danger. they are looking at the weather patterns very closely as well and monitoring that situation. it is not just the fires, but it is not just the smoldering debris they are concerned about. it is the chemical that appears to be lingering in the air, elizabeth. >> for some of the viewers who were tuning in, you left from dallas late last night and traveled through the early morning hours. you learned more and more about the response efforts. initially there were some challenges because there really was a no fly zone ov
in a small town of west 20 peoples east of waco. it's prompted a wide-scale evacuation. there's 2,500 people. 10-15, a lot more buildings have been demolished. this is a stunning video from www wkwkt at the moment of the explosion. >> as we said, we believe three people are dead. the ceo of the providence health centerer, it's clearly a major disaster. when did you first hear about this? and how quickly were you receiving patient sns. >> actually, we heard about this shortly after 8:00 p.m. we actually heard about this, being 25 miles from the incident itself, to mobilize our doctors, our respiratory therapists and be prepared for this disaster. >> the nature of the injuries are minor cuts and some have severe burns. many are critical. >> what is the nature of the injuries? >> very serious injuries. most of the patients are minor injuries, just like you've described here. the patients have cuts and abrasions, a few with broken bones. several of them in respiratory distress from chemical inhalation. but mostly minor to moderate at this point. >> and of those on the way, are you expecting more
to local hospitals in the waco area. we have numerous agencies helping us, all the way from the dallas fort worth area, mcclenny, all the surrounding areas. we have had a great turnout to come out to help us get through this tragedy in this small community. i wish i could get you more information. all the injured right now have been taken care of. we are going to go back in and do another house-by-house search and see if anybody else -- victims are in the houses. that's going to be going on all night. we have command post set up for law enforcement and a command post set up for the emergency unit also. we have a triage at the community center, right over here across the interstate from us. >> what's the status of the plant right now? >> it's still smoldering. right now, they have not given us an update on it. it was smoldering and there is still active... you know, other ingredient there is on the facility. so we don't want that to... to explode again. right now, they cannot get the firefighters in there. we are worried about people right now, not property. we want people to be safe. that's
high, witnesses said. it happened in the small town of wes, about 20 miles north of waco, and about 60 miles from dallas. there are concerns the explosions may not be over. >> reporter: a huge plume of smoke shot hundreds of feet into the air after a fertilizer plant exploded in west texas. it injured hundreds of people. a triage facility was set up in a nearby football field, and those with the most serious injuries were evacuated to hospitals in waco and temple. the force of the blast caused the roofs of a nearby hersing home to collapse. some residents are said to be trapped inside. other homes next to the plant caught fire. many homes in the area have been evacuated. officials are concerned a secondary tank at the plant could also explode. the red cross is now on the scene, working on help those forced out of their homes. >> this shows the damage to a building near the blast site. a firefighter took this picture. there are many people trapped inside the homes and apartments, and the amount of damage here makes it easy to see why. people as far as 45 miles away reported hearing the
like a bomb went off. with me is glen robinson, the ceo of the hospital in waco. >>> can you tell me at the moment how big you believe the injury toll is as we stand? >> at this time, i can certainly give you the numbers that we're aware of in our particular system. we're one of 12 hospitals in our system. wech received a total of 66 emergency vehicles and we have at least two more choppers that we know are inbound at this time bringing us additional patients who have been injured. i would say that in talking to our trama surgeons just a few minutes ago, many of the injuries that we're seeing are not extremely critical. maybe about 12 patients that would be classified as serious condition. we have two patients in the operating room. we have two more patient that is are being assessed at this time and heading to the operating room shortly. we also have transported this evening two pediatric patients to our children's hospital to receive a higher level of subspecialties here that we felt was appropriate for them. i am being told that burn patients are being direct ed to the dallas ft.
including in waco, about 20 miles away. >> now, jim, the mayor of west texas is a firefighter who said after he was able to get out of the situation, he said his town needs prayers. there were a lot of people hurt, and he believes there's a lot of people who won't be with us tomorrow. clearly, he's talking about fatalities. have you had an opportunity to talk to the people who may have witnessed things? i think at the end of all of this it's going to be a story not so much about the structures or the fertilizer plant, but a story about the people who experienced this, who lived through this. some of the stories that you may be hearing. >> reporter: sure. a man who lives a couple of miles from the site of the explosion, but certainly felt it at his house, jumped into his truck with his wife and his 12-year-old son. they drove as quickly as they could over to the retirement home because his mother-in-law lives there. they got into the building and started searching for her. they were able to find her, but that man said that he also saw a lot of carnage, a lot of human suffering and many injuri
with waco pd telling nbc news that "i can tell you there are hundreds of individuals that have been injured. some are potentially going to be casualties, but no solid number of fatalities or injured." but the reports that we are hearing, again, the number we're hearing over and over again is hundreds. we don't know if that means one, two. we don't know the full extent of this. we are hearing reports that a number of patients are being treated at area hospitals for burns, that they are treating burn victims at this time. and then a number of patients, at least 38 at one facility alone, are considered seriously injured. we also know there's been extensive damage to buildings surrounding the explosion, that the force of that explosion damaged 75 to 100 buildings in the surrounding area. we've shown some video this evening of a nursing home that was extremely damaged. they had to evacuate that facility altogether. and so rescuers are going door to door to try to reach the wounded. those who may have been injured by the secondary damage, if you will, the force of that explosion that destroyed so
north of waco. we know a field triage station has been set up at the plant. the chief of the local hospital says that doctors have been told to expect somewhere in the neighborhood of 100 people hurt. these are early reports. i want to caution these are early reports. we'll try to gather more information and bring that to you shortly. >>> so many people sustained serious and life changing injuries in the bombing. i'm going to speak with a woman whose two brothers each lost a leg and a man who just lost the hospital last night with shrapnel wounds. a number of his friends have lost their limbs. he considers himself lucky to be alive, and we'll have the details on the investigation. [ male announcer ] this is joe woods' first day of work. and his new boss told him two things -- cook what you love, and save your money. joe doesn't know it yet, but he'll work his way up from busser to waiter to chef before opening a restaurant specializing in fish and game from the great northwest. he'll start investing early, he'll find some good people to help guide him, and he'll set money aside fro
for president obama to speak at a memorial in waco, texas, for the victims of the horrible explosion last week and we will bring president obama's remarks to you live when that happens. in the meantime, from hanging chad to tax cuts to the image of him with a megaphone at ground zero after 9/11, afghanistan, iraq, hurricane katrina, americans are looking back at the george w. bush administration on dedication day for his presidential library. president obama was there along with all of the living former presidents and first ladies, a rare gathering of the most exclusive club in the world. there were laughs, cheers, and tears. take a look. >> it reminds me of my favorite cartoon in "new yorker" magazine. this little boy is looking up at his father. he says, daddy, when i grow up, i want to be a former president. >> thank you all for coming and to all of those who have made this marvelous museum possible, we thank you especially. >> people began to joke that i was getting so close to the bush family i had become the black sheep son. my mother told me not to talk too long today. barbara, i will n
begin in the small town of west, texas, about 20 miles west of waco. it resembles a war zone this morning. it was rocked overnight by a chemical explosion and a fire at fertilizer plant. that blast captured on video. just incredible. dozens of homes or buildings were leveled or damaged. the town's mayor telling cnn what that explosion felt like. >> i have never seen an explosion like that. a ball of fire went up. looked like a nuclear bomb went off. big old mushroom cloud. >> about half the population of west, texas, some 1400 people, were evacuated. officials say there are two confirmed fatalities. that number could rise throughout the day. more than 150 people are being treated right now at area hospitals. officials are going door to door. they are searching for survivors this morning. >> we are all over this story for you this morning with live team coverage. it's a very fluid situation on the ground there. that's where we find cnn's martin savidge in west, texas, for us. good morning, martin. what's the latest? >> reporter: good morning, john. yeah, this is the command po
in the air. it's just about 18 miles north of waco texas. joined on the phone by glenn robinson, the ceo of hillcrest hospital. glenn, thank you for taking the time to speak with us here. what do you know right now? i know we're trying to understand how many people are in need of help tonight? >> erin, good evening. we have received more than 40 patients. many have been brought by ambulance. the rest brought by private vehicle. maybe that 25 by ground ambulance. we've just received word that the weather is starting to clear. we've had high winds in the area that were forcing our choppers to be grounded. now they're becoming airborne and getting some of the critically injured from the scene here. we're being told by authorities on the site we are to anticipate additional injuries coming in. as you reported coming out of the break, the field hospital triage center has been set up by our heart of texas rac. they're assessing many other injuries at this time. we are blessed with a large number of staff that have already come in. our folks responded extremely well this evening. and everything
of west texas, 20 miles from waco. the moment of impact captured on video. reports say 10 to 15 home and buildings were demolished and crews are trying to rescue residents at this hour. dozens more homes are heavily damaged. that blast shattered windows ten miles away. the town's mayor telling cnn just what it felt like. >> i just have never seen an explosion like that. a ball of fire and it looked like a nuclear bomb went off. big old mushroom cloud. >> so, police officials are reluctant to say how many people have died. >> at this point we don't know a number that have been killed. i will confirm there have been fatalities. i think we will see those fatalities increase as we get toward the morning. numerous injuries have been removed from the scene to the hospital. we've taken them into city limits, waco, providence where they're being treated. >> more than 150 people are being treated at area hospitals. about half the town of west texas with a population of 2,800 people has been evacuated. officials are concerned a second fertilizer tank could explode. hundreds of first responders
of the town of west texas right outside of waco, texas. earlier there was an explosion at a fertilizer plant that happened around 750 two p.m., about 8:50 p.m. eastern time. we don't know the casualties of injuries or possible fatalities. we are hearing reports of possibly hundreds of injured and up to two dead. those are preliminary reports and are not confirmed. the blast was felt as far as 15 miles away and could be heard as far as 45 miles away. at this time, officials have a lingering concerns about air quality in the area. they are asking residents to stay indoors to avoid the possibility of coming into contact with toxic fumes. the fire continues to burn. it not only did damage to the plant but damage to surrounding buildings. reports that a nursing home and a middle school were also damaged in this explosion that occurred at a fertilizer plant near waco, texas. again, we don't have a number on casualties or fatalities, but the reports are that there could be possibly hundreds injured. officials have set up a triage area in a field nearby. ambulances and emergency crews in the area. t
near waco, texas. the horrifying moment caught on cell phone video. >> are you okay? >> i can't hear. get out of here. please get out of here. >> oh my god! >>gretchen: the fire explosion leveling dozens of homes and businesses within an eight to ten-block radius. here's what we know so far this morning. police believe 5 to 15 people may be dead. three to five volunteer fire fighters are missing. more than 160 others have been hurt. >>brian: after the fire comes an explosion. almost within two hours of the fire. and people instinctively go there. it's a small town. many people doing dual duty as volunteer fire fighters and residents or whatever their occupation is. the town is just 2,600 people, but the risk of going into a fire at a fertilizer plant is by definition dangerous. >>gretchen: you have to wonder how many people evacuated when initially the start of the fire. there was a 30 minute time span between when the fire started at 7:23 central time in texas and the explosion happened about 7:50 central time. fire fighters now accounted for in the thick of it when this building co
as a massive blast ripped through a fertilizer plant near waco, texas. the horrifying moment caught on cell phone video. look. >> well that fiery explosion leveled dozens of homes and businesses within a 5 block radius. >> and at this hour, emergency crews still moving people out of the area. we do know 200 people were hurt in this explosion, this fire. police are confirming that there are fatalities. they will not give a precise number yet as they expect the number of deaths to rise. >> welcome to "fox & friends first". i am patti ann browne. >> i am heather cheryleds. -- heather childers. a town of 2800 people. half of the town has been evacuated so far as a result of this explosion that happened as at this fertilizer plant. we have been talking about the danger of the ammonia, anhydrous ammonia getting into the air. that's a major concern for responders and people living there as well. >> people are complaining of breathing problems as the toxic fumes spread. there's a talk of the change in the wind direction. they have already evacuated people on one side of this town 20 miles north ofw
north of waco. it started as a fire and then the fertilizer plant blew up. witnesses saw a fireball 100 feet high. the director of michelle millman services in the town tells our sister station ktvt in dallas, first estimates are that 60 or 70 people were killed. >> in a word, this is ugly. a city council member just said that a four-block area was decimated. you can see flames are still burning as we speak. some people eating at a nearby restaurant say the force of the explosion was so great it blew the door right off. a volunteer firefighter took a photo. this is a photo of an apartment near the explosion. many homes have collapsed. people still may be trapped inside. the explosion happened around 6:00 our time and it was caught on video and it is extremely dramatic. take a look. it started as a huge fire at a fertilizer plant. this amateur photographer began shooting video with his child in the car when it blew up. >> i can't hear. i can't hear. >> reporter: the flames turned the fertilize enter a bomb. the entire plant was leveled. homes for blocks arounden wiped out. >> if you look
of west a town of just a few thousand. 80 miles south of dallas. very close to just north of waco in fact. waco where it rose to it national prominence when david koresh's compod caught fire during the rd. a fertilizer plant eenvironmented in a massive explosion. at least 100 people hurt. two emt firefighters killed. there very well may be more fatality. expect that given the size of the blast. we just have not confirmed that. right now, area hospitals in that part of texas are being flooded with people being treated for all sorts of injuries related to explosions and severe burns. be againagain, a fertilizer plant erupts tonight. buildings nearby many blown to bits. a number of people badly wounded. the response continues. this has been going on now for about three and a half hours. 3:15 roughly since the first couple of explosions. and this have been concerns that other chemical there's may eastbound load. that also made some folks cautious and hampered the effort to get in there and help people as well. we will continue to keep you up to date on this tragedy tonight in texas. >> a fede
masses of people. same similar cases have been in april. >> the waco incident began in february. atfch davidians died when authorities tried to execute a search warrant in waco, texas. it came to an end when the compound caught fire and burned down after an assault by fbi agents. people, 19, 1995, 168 including 19 children under the age of six were killed when a bomb went off at the federal building in oklahoma city. two were convicted in that bombing. timothy mcveigh was executed. nichols is serving life without parole. a permanent memorial at the site now honors the victims. harris on april 20, eric and derrek klebold murdered 19 students and two teachers. 24 others were also hurt before the two took their own lives. hui attackedg- people on the virginia tech campus. >> turning to our medical alert, today doctors will order fewer and less expense of lab tests if they know the cost before hand. that is according to a new study by johns hopkins. when the prices were share, the overall use of the expensive tests dropped by over 9% and hospital saved over $400,000 compared to when doctor
have been injured. the town west is located 25 miles north of waco. homes and a nursing home have been damaged and a large apartment complex destroyed. >>> in other news this morning a potential lead in the investigation of the boston marathon bombing. law enforcement officials are looking for a potential suspect spotted on a department store video near the marathon finish line. two blasts killed at least three people. at least 14 others remain in critical condition this morning. today president obama plans to travel to boston for a memorial service. and susan mcginnis is in boston. susan, good morning. >> reporter: anne-marie, good morning. a man in this lord & taylor surveillance video is seen dropping a bag near the finish line, and the image matches the account of images of those who saw a man seen leaving the scene. this could be the first major break in this case. the scene of the second bomb that went off during monday's boston marathon may give us our first look at the suspected bomber. sources tell cbs news that a security cameras at a lord & taylor store captured a man leavin
because of their injuries. >> nbc's charles hadlock is in the city of west, texas, not too far from waco. a couple of things. number one, is everything safe now with this fire? is everything put out? are we out of danger? are folks there out of danger? >> reporter: the authorities say that the city is out of danger of any type of further explosions because of the nitrogen and other products that were made in this fertilizer plant on the north side of town. they say the fire was under control in the early morning hours. it's now raining. the temperatures have dropped into the 50s here so they say the danger of further fire and explosion is over here. the grieving is just beginning. a large part of this town is devastated. flattened by the concussion of the explosion that happened late yesterday. they got an initial fire report at 7:29 local time last night and by 7:45 they realized the fire was out of control and the fire chief ordered all of his men out of the burning plant. it was too late. seven minutes later the plant exploded. the explosion could be felt up to 70 miles away. i was in
breaking news from texas following last night's deadly blast at a fertilizer plant 20 miles from waco. officials believe between five and 15 people have been killed. the number of injured climbing toward 200 and maybe above, between 50 and 75 hopes -- homes were leveled. police are searching for survivors door do door but structural damage and dangerous ammonia fumes have slowed down the search. it was the equivalent of a 2.1 magnitude earthquake felt 50 miles away. >> presidents of homeowners are receiving checks to settle a $3.6 billion lawsuit against major banks. after all of the struggles many of the checks bounced. 4.4 million home owners get compensation if part of the abuses by mortgage companies. 13 companies reached a settlement and checks just started going out but many say the banks would not cash them. >> starbucks is testing out a few new products at several seattle locations including spice root bear, gyp jury -- ginger ale and lemon ale. a blogger says that it was created as they would a coffee done in a shaker with water and a few ingredients and a blast of co2, and a
his respects in waco. >> there's an overflow crowd here at this auditorium at baylor. university. 12,000 people, including the family of the firefighters whose caskets are inside the auditorium. each men virtually stepped into the belly of the beast last week. a raging inferno in at all places a chemical fertilizer plant. they had to know the extent of the potential danger that confronted them, yet they did not shirk their duties. that's why thousands upon thousands of firefighters descended on waco today to pay homage, as did many dignity tears, including senator cornyn, governor rick perry, baylor university ken extra, and president obama, whose address we were awaiting. the investigation continues. investigators seem to be hone in on ammonium nitrate in papers the company said they had 270 tons of the stuff on sight. this this same fertilizer timothy mcvey used in the oklahoma city bombing. but how it exploded, the ignition point, remains the focus of investigators questioning right now. experts say that if firefighters knew there was ammonium nitrate presence there they would hav
was like a tornado. >> the town of west, home to 2,800 pe,28 miles north of waco. here is what we know about the explosions. police believe 5 to 15 people have died. 160 people were injured. the explosion flattened homes and businesses in a four-block area around the plant. the cause is unknown at this hour, however, they say there is no indication yet of foul play. and manuel bojorquez is covering the damage. >> reporter: good morning, charlie and norah. investigators are in search and rescue mode, going home to home and business to business, looking for survivors, hoping not to find more bodies. just before 8:00 p.m. on wednesday when a fire at a fertilizer plant in west, texas, turned into a catastrophe. >> everybody safe? >> i can't hear, i can't hear. >> cover your ears. >> get out of here, please get out of here! >> the massive blast brought the town of west, texas, with the force equal to a 2.1 magnitude earthquake. >> there has been explosion on the fire scene there, are firefighters down at this time. >> roar, heard 50 miles away. eric perez caught it on tape. >> nothing else
, there was a tremendous explosion at a fertilizer plant just north of waco. >> i can't hear, i can't hear! get out of here, please get out of here! please get out of here! please get out of here! please get out of here! >> you can get a sense of the tremendous force that was released in that explosion. the fertilizer plant blowing up. witnesses saw a fireball 100 feet in the air resolving itself into a towering cloud over the plains of texas. we are hearing that more than 170 people have been injured, more than 20 of those critically. told by police in the area that there are fatalities, confirmed fatalities. they don't want to give us the exact number at this point. that explosion that you just saw registered a 2.1 on the rick administer scale, according to the usgs. just a devastating explosion. the department of public safety in texas is telling us that somewhere between 70 and 100 buildings nearby were completely devastated. among those buildings an apartment building and a nursing home, a middle school. rescue workers are now going house to house to see who might be there, who needs help. it's a trem
accident. >> charles working all night covering that story outside of waco, texas. >>> federal agents arrested a mississippi man overnight suspected of sending letters contaminated with poison to president obama and senator roger wicker. this move cummings just days after the letters were intercepted in mail sorting facilities for the white house, capitol hill. nbc's tracie potts has the details. >> reporter: richard what led them to mississippi, was the setting on not just two, but three letters wents too a mississippi judge, signing those letters to become a silent partner i am kevin curtis and i approve this message. that suspect called kevin curtis has been arrested in his home in tupelo, mississippi. the authorities were led there as a result of the investigation. three letters positive for the potentially dangerous and deadly substance ricin. wicker, president obama and the judge's all postmarked april 8th from memphis, according to authorities. what they don't know is why he did. there's little information, little evidence on what his motive could have been, what we do know, it
at a fertilizer plant in west, north of waco, including firefighters that are dead and other first responders. teams looked for more victims and survivors in the night but with darkness and no power the search has been difficult and federal agents are on the way to the scene to help in the investigation. >> state lawmakers reject add proposal to let california teachers carry guns on school campuses. a southern california republican assemblyman inthey duesed this following the sandy hook elementary school in connecticut that would have allowed school districts to train staff to carry weapons on a volunteer basis. he was the only member of the education committee to vote in favor of the bill. >> promoters are facing another fight over a concert series scheduled dug the america's cup race on the bay this summer. live nation has permits to hold 30 concerts at pier 27 and pier 29 from late may through mid-october. octobers are appealing the permits. a may 8 hearing date is scheduled. the neighbors say it will be too many. concerts. >> the kings could have play their final game in sacramento last n
, then came the explosion. the blast in the small farming community of west near the city of waco leveled an apartment complex and damaged a nursing home located next to the plant. the explosion was felt more than 100 kilometers away, and the u.s. geological survey registered it as magnitude 2.1 on the earthquake scale. >> right now, we have a tremendous amount of injuries, probably over 100 injuries at this time. we do have confirmed fatalities. the inform is not current yet. it could go up by the minute. we're in there certaining the area right now. >> first responders evacuated half the residents of the town of 2,600, but as wind gusts carrying ammonia fumes shifted direction, they feared more people would have to be moved. the facility stored up to 20,000 kilos of ammonia, according to the company's emergency planning report t. said in the event of an accident there would be no risk of fire or explosion. the exact cause of the blast was undetermined. >> there is quite a bit of devastation in that area. there are victims that were in homes. there are victims from the nursing home, and
, about 20 miles north of waco and they're going door-to-door searching for people who may be alive and may need help. before i show you video i want you to get a sense for all the media gathered right here in this spot. we are being really far back from the actual incident itself because they say it is still dangerous they say. all the media is camped out here. media from all over has converged on the spot to record and document this giant story. just beyond the cameras a podium where they will be holding a news conference we've just been told seconds before we went on the air in about ten minutes. let's go ahead and show you some of the dramatic pictures that have been coming out here over the last several hours and let's run down some of the information for you. this started as a fire at the fertilizer plant here in downtown west and firefighters responded to it. they tried putting that blaze out and it got close to some ammonia tanks, a very dangerous and volatile chemical. so they started to order evacuations. we don't know how many people made it out before the explosion. but
in waco, texas. 76 emwere killed. two years later oklahoma city bombing killed 168 people. april 20th, columbin columbine -- columbine shootings. two students involved there committed suicide. and on april 16th, 2007, 32 people killed in a school shooting in virginia tech. april 20th, 2010, 11 people killed when the deep water horizon oil rig exploded. >> biggest disaster to hit san francisco 1906 backpack and fire. police hoped off the area until explosive experts determined that bag was harmless, still, the ceremony was moved to union square. today, it was the first time that no 2006 survivors took part in the festivities. they just wanted to sleep in. >> red cross wants to remind th all to be ready to deal disasters qite a mood today and look who is there. jerry rice. joining olympic champ kristi yamaguchi to bust a move. officials cannot stress how important it is to have a family plan fr a disaster. >> loved ones know you're okay whether through going to a meeting place or calling someone out of the area and sending a text message. >> we have full resources on abc 7 just
. a massive explosion at a fertilizer supply outlet. west is about 20 miles north of waco. it only covers a couple dozen blocks but after the blast which actually registered a 2.1 on the richter scale, a big part of the community is simply gone today. while it is unclear as of now how many people have been killed the mayor says 30 to 40 people are missing. a lot of those first responders. 160 more are injured. nbc's miguel almaguer is at the scene for us tonight. miguel, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. that explosion took place a mile away from here. we have been asked to keep our distance as rescue teams search for the missing. it's feared at least 15 are dead. as you mentioned, 160 wounded. officials worry both those numbers may climb. the blast decimated four city blocks. a war zone where tonight first responders are searching for survivors. in the small town of west -- >> firefighters down. again, there has been an explosion. there are firefighters down. >> reporter: -- emergency crews scoured debris for their own. west volunteer firefighters who rushed in, but never m
the masses and claimed the lives of many americans during the month of april. >> the waco massacre ended on april 19, 1993. nearly two months after it began. that february, four federal agents and six members of the religious group died when authorities tried to execute a search warrant on a ranch in waco, texas, sparking a 50-day standoff. it came to an end when the compound caught fire and burned down. on april 19, 1995, 168 people, including 19 children, were killed when a bomb went off at the federal building in oklahoma city. timothy mcveigh and terry nichols were convicted for their roles and that bombing. timothy mcveigh it was executed in june of 2011. the september 11 attacks, the oklahoma city bombing was the most destructive act of terrorism ever carried out on american soil. in permanent memorial at the site honors the victim. in 1999, april 20, 12 students were murdered, and a teacher, inside columbine high school in colorado. 24 other people were also hurt. senior and, 2007, a virginia tech shot and killed 32 people and wounded 17 others in blacksburg's virginia. he was lat
headlines in the month of april. the waco massacre and millie two once after began. died whens authorities tried to execute a search warrant on a ranch in waco, texas. it came to an end after the compound burned down. people were killed when it bought one off in oklahoma city. two people were convicted for their roles in that bombing. serving life without parole in prison. this was the most explosive act of terrorism ever carried out on american soil. murdered 19 students inside columbine high school in colorado. two high school seniors took their own lives. a senior at the virginia tech shot and killed 32 people in blacksburg, virginia. many of us all looking for ways to get rid of important documents. make sure you do that safely. saturday will be the annual shredding event. documents get their professionally shredded for free. >> they do various types of shredding. he did not want to shred it into small pieces that can be pulled back together. is this saturday. more information on our website, attorneys general gathered in maryland to discuss privacy in the digital age. focu
ve desde lejos se siente un temblor de 2,1 en escala de richter, en waco texas a 85 millas de dallas y al norte de weico, se dio a las 8:30 de la noche, hay decena de personas heridas que son atentidas en weico y dallas, ahora mismo podemos decir que autoridades no manejan cifras locales heridas y hasta aquí el reporte. >> gracias pedro por la información, esta explosion se dio cuando bomberos querían apagar un incendio, se habla de 4 cuadras a la redonda quemadas. >> el video capta la masiva explosion, el camarografo grabaria el primer incendio cuando salió el segundo, es estallido destruyo al menos 60 casas, un centro de ancianos se derrumbo, y sacaron 130 personas. >> todas las ventanas rompieron, vimos gente atrapada y saque 16 personas. >> tomy mosca, dice que antes de la explosion había un incendio, hay heridos con laceraciones, 36 están criticos, y hay niños pequeñso. >> tenemos heridos y muertos. >> los bomberos reciben el documento. >> es masivo cuando exploto en ocklahoma. >> es dos punto uno, se desconoce el motivo, parecia una zona de guerra, mas de 2000 casas sin
. these are pictures just coming into us from waco, texas. memorial service at baylor university. president obama is arriving right now. he is scheduled to speak an hour from now. last week's explosion killed 14 people. another man died hours later after crews evacuated him from a nursing home. nearly 200 other people hurt. >> doug is live with more at the memorial in waco. i saw the president just arrived. >> yeah, he just stepped into the building. a helicopter landed in the parking lot nearby just a few moments ago. people have been waiting patiently inside the auditorium here for hours now. the place i absolutely packed to the gills. they sent the overflow crowd to the baseball stadium. over 10,000 people. almost three times the population of tiny west, texas. the population of that town, virtually everybody affected deeply by the explosion of last week. just one poignant example. the newspaper here in waco, reporting, on the justice of the peace in west texas. a guy named david peria, who saw the fire, left his office, jumped into this pickup truck the an attempt to help fight the fire but b
>> this is a blast. from waco, texas. and there are children screaming. >> please get out of here. >> dad, please get out of here. >> it is difficult because the child cannot hear. the mayor, and the west texas. saying that there are multiple fatalities. and over 100 people are hospitalized with injuries. 70 homes are gone. and this fertilizer plant was wiped out. also, the air is it dangerous to breathe. there will be an update in the morning from west texas. and in daylight the reality and the horror in that city of 2600. >> pam: bay bridge safety concerns with still released documents. bay bridge safety concerns still unfolding. newly released documents show. state transportation officials expressed concern about the integrity of some of the steel components for the new bridge, more than four years ago. according to published reports. in 2008. cal-trans criticized the bridge contractor. for rushing the test schedule. and delivering products that did not meet specifications. this information comes as engineers try to determine what caused dozens of metal rods -- like this one-- to snap, earlier thi
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